Capitalism: A Love Story Reviews

  • At its best, Capitalism: A Love Story is a searing outcry against the excesses of a cutthroat time. At its worst, it's dorm-room Marxism.

    Owen Gleiberman — Entertainment Weekly

  • Like most of his movies, Capitalism is a tragedy disguised as a comedy; it's also an entertainment.

    Manohla Dargis — New York Times

  • Michael Moore has succeeded in getting a film on this subject actually released in cinemas: a very sharp and entertaining one at that.

    Peter Bradshaw — Guardian [UK]

  • Capitalism is as entertaining as Roger & Me, and its critique skewers both major political parties, calling into question the economic policies of Bill Clinton as well as Ronald Reagan.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • Isn't every Michael Moore film ultimately about capitalism? This one just has a more facetious title.

    Wesley Morris — Boston Globe

  • [A] scattershot, lazy slice of agitprop, which recycles Moore's usual slice-and-dice job on corporations, while bobbing a curtsey to the current crisis.

    Ella Taylor — Village Voice

  • The film works best when Moore sits with representatives of the 99 percent of Americans vulnerable to financial freefall.

    Joe Neumaier — New York Daily News

  • Mr. Moore aims to proselytize his friends and demonize his enemies. His movie hits both marks.

    Joe Morgenstern — Wall Street Journal

  • Smart-alecky and simplistic? Yeah. And primo Moore.

    Amy Biancolli — Houston Chronicle

  • In a movie long on symbols, dead peasants are the most egregious, but a close second would be the rah-rah "confidential" Citibank memo about the United States having become a "plutonomy."

    Michael Granberry — Dallas Morning News

  • Moore relates a half-century of fraud in singsong narration that makes him seem like Mister Rogers with 200 extra pounds and a Che Guevara T-shirt instead of a cardigan. But what a figure he cuts.

    David Edelstein — New York Magazine

  • Michael Moore's Capitalism: A Love Story is something else -- not a good movie or a coherent exposition of the meltdown but an emotional attack on capitalism as a system, an attempt, literally, to de-moralize capitalism.

    David Denby — New Yorker

  • The film's title is never explained. What does Moore mean? Maybe it's that capitalism means never having to say you're sorry.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • While it's amusing to watch Moore on camera plaster the entrance to the New York Stock Exchange with crime-scene tape, when Moore goes through his customary security-guard harassment in another segment, it's hard not to think: Here we go again.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • Like most of his movies, this will probably make your blood boil, but it functions at a level of such blubbering emotionality that it might as well be a Glenn Beck rant.

    J. R. Jones — Chicago Reader

  • In passages, the movie is eloquent. In sum, it is scattershot. Organization is not Moore's strongest suit; indignation is.

    Carrie Rickey — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • With Capitalism: A Love Story, Michael Moore delivers his liveliest, most radical film to date.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • Michael Moore is up to his old tricks in Capitalism: A Love Story, and that's sure to both infuriate, and entertain and inform, depending which side of the Michael Moore fence you stand on.

    Tom Long — Detroit News

  • Capitalism may be flawed, but it is nevertheless entertaining. Which counts for a lot.

    Bill Goodykoontz — Arizona Republic

  • By returning to his roots, professional gadfly Michael Moore turns in one of his best films.

    Leslie Felperin — Variety

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